Anthony Bourdain, 61, was found unresponsive in his room Friday morning by close friend and fellow celebrity chef, Eric Ripert. Bourdain’s show Parts Unknown is currently airing its 11th season. He was working on an upcoming episode in Strasbourg, France.
Bourdain’s career revolutionised both the restaurant industry and the concept of the celebrity chef. With his brash style, devil-may-care attitude, and unfiltered point of view, he changed the way people thought about the restaurant industry, being a chef, and global food culture.
“It is one of the central ironies of my career that as soon as I got off heroin, things started getting really bad. High on dope, I was — prior to Gino’s — at least, a chef, well paid, much liked by crew and floor and owners alike. Stabilised on methadone, I became nearly unemployable by polite society,” Bourdain wrote in Kitchen Confidential.
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